The second largest polluter in the world, just behind the oil industry, is the fashion industry. If we are to make even a dent in the clean up required to sort this mess us human's have made, then the fashion industry is one that we MUST tackle.
There are a number of ways in which further damage caused by the fashion industry can be prevented, but no approach will be successful until attitudes are changed, both in individuals and the industry as a whole.
Fed up with the fast fashion stores that have littered the high street and influenced unhealthy fast fashion habits, sustainability and a slow attitude to fashion is at the forefront of every decision made with Lucid Seams...
THE THREE Rs
The idea at the heart of Lucid Seams is reducing fashion waste, reusing garments and recycling materials, thus extending second hand items' lifecycles and reducing their carbon footprint.
Lucid Seams is an independent, one man band sorta deal. The wonderful thing about choosing to buy handmade from independent sellers, is that not only are you going to induce small squeel and clap every time you buy something, you're also supporting a low waste, low energy production line, contrary to a less sustainable high street store.
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
INDEPENDANTLY HAND MADE
Everything delivered from Lucid Seams is packaged, simply, in 100% biodegradable and recyclable materials; tissue paper, recyclable stickers, cardboard and tape, so you don't have to worry about disposing plastic waste on your end.
When using the bespoke up-cycling service, if the packaging used to send over your item is in good condition, it may be re-used to send your item back to you.
Whilst most of what Lucid Seams produces is made from recycled materials and pre-loved pieces, there are some items that use new materials. Nelle ensures that all new materials are sourced sustainably.
Components such as earring findings are sourced from independent and eco conscious sellers.
To paint Lucid Seams garms, a mix of non-toxic acrylic paint and fabric
medium is used. You may be wondering how eco friendly a plastic paint can be...
When used carelessly, acrylic paint can be a significant non-biodegradable waste and pollutant. In an ideal world, an alternative would be used, however we are yet to find a non-plastic, "eco-friendly" alternative that holds up the same strength and quality of an acrylic paint on fabrics.
In the meantime, Nelle uses her acrylics in a mindful and as eco-friendly way as possible by:
Only decanting as much paint as is needed.
Disposing of paint water responsibly; Allowing the water to evaporate, leaving behind the acrylic paint in a solid form, of which can then be disposed of responsibly.
Limiting the usage of tissue used to wipe brushes.
- Or alternatively, using calico fabric, where the "painted" fabric can be used in future up-cycles, or handmade products.
Layering paint on a wooden palette instead of washing the paint off a plastic one.
- Nelle plans to cut these palettes down to squares, to then be used as pieces of wall art, instead of disposng the plastic into landfill.
The use of acrylic paint on an item of clothing carries risk of micro-plastic pollutants entering water systems during machine washing (similar to plastic fibres).
However, and wherever Lucid Seams goes, sustainability will always be at the centre of its soul. Nelle will continue to work hard to ensure her environmental impact is a positive one, both personally and as Lucid Seams moves forward.
Don't hesitate to get in contact with any ideas regarding Lucid Seams' environmental attitudes.
The Guppy Friend wash bag
ECO FRIENDLY GARMENT CARE
To ensure you limit contaminating water systems with your item of clothing, we recommend HAND washing your garm (This also prolongs the life of the painted design. If you absolutely need to machine wash, do so at a low temperature, while using a micro-plastic filtering wash bag (the Guppyfriend washbag)